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Searching for a fan controller that can also control a MCP35X/PWM pump. I have 4 fan zones I want to control, though if I find the most perfect controller that has ever existed I can squeeze that down to 3 fan zones plus the pump.

A display would be nice, though I'm not sure what to expect from the pump readout (just PWM% I guess). I've been looking at the Zalman MFCs but they top out at 4 channels.

Should I give up on hardware and let Speedfan/AIDA64/whatever control everything? I can find a controller, but I want more than just knobs.
    
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According to this you need at least 18W on the channel you will be running the pump at. I found these very nice. All the products can take up to 30W per channel.
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Zalman ZM-MFC3 is one option but why would you want a controller for MCP35X, I have tried mine with Gigabyte and Asus cpu fan headers and both can control the pump very nicely.
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post #5 of 9
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tsm106: No display, but the switch between manual and auto along with the motherboard PWM interface is quite nice.

HITandRUN: Indeed it does require 18W, but the MCP35X has PWM control with a molex for power and a 4-pin fan connector for control. And those are all very nice controllers indeed.

mm67: IMO, the only reasons to control a PWM-capable pump with a controller are non-software control, and performance display. I'm more interested in the display as opposed to hardware control, but I'm not dead set on it. Except for Lamptron and Sunbeam, I'm not finding much.
    
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post #6 of 9
You need a controller that can output PWM signal, AFAIK Sunbeam and Lamptron controllers don't output that.
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post #7 of 9
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mm67: I think my only option is a Zalman MFC-3. I'm going to download the documentation and search a bit more, but if I want a fan and PWM pump controller I think this is it.
    
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mm67: I think my only option is a Zalman MFC-3. I'm going to download the documentation and search a bit more, but if I want a fan and PWM pump controller I think this is it.
I have one of those and I wouldn't recommend it. It does work but it has this annoying feature that it tries to keep rpm steady and because pump's rpm signal is all the time moving a little bit it is constantly adjusting speed up and down. It sounds really annoying, motherboard control works much better.
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post #9 of 9
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Hmm, alright. I probably won't be investing in a display panel just to show me pump data. It's looking more and more like I'd use motherboard control for the pump and a separate fan controller for the fans.
    
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